Jurgen Klopp has pointed to the lack of encouragement Liverpool have received from certain quarters as they attempt to become world champions for the first time.

The Reds take on Brazilian side Flamengo here in Doha on Saturday in the FIFA Club World Cup final.

That game came less than 24 hours after a scratch team packed with youngsters was thumped 5-0 by Aston Villa in their Carabao Cup quarter-final.

Liverpool have been criticised by some for choosing to take a full-strength squad to Qatar and not show greater respect for the domestic competition.

And speaking ahead of Saturday's showpiece, Klopp said: “The situations are different for Flamengo and us.

“Flamengo got sent here with a clear order to win it and to come back as heroes, we got told stay at home and play the Carabao Cup. That is a massive difference.

“We cannot change that but we are here and my team wants to win the competition even though we know it is very difficult because the other team is really good."

Flamengo booked their place in the tournament last month by beating River Plate 2-1 in the Copa Liberatores final in Lima.

Klopp has never before opposed either a Brazilian side nor one helmed by Flamengo boss Jorge Jesus.

And while expecting a tough encounter, the Reds boss believes the same can be said for their rivals.

“I know what we can expect from Flamengo," he said. "It is a very organised style and Jesus has changed the style, he's brought players into defence and it is a really settled line-up.

“It is a team where everyone knows what they have to do. Their play can be direct, they have speed up front, they are cheeky on the wings, they have crosses, they go inside, they shoot, it is just like a successful football team is and they are pretty much not used to losing games.

“They have not lost a lot since Jesus came in. He's just done an incredible job. If there was an election at the moment he could probably become president of Brazil even though he is from Portugal.

“But we know one thing as well – I never played against a Brazilian team but Flamengo never played against a team like Liverpool.”

Liverpool enjoyed overwhelming support inside the Khalifa International Stadium during their semi-final win against Monterrey on Wednesday.

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Flamengo, though, had 10,000 fans at their triumph over Al-Hilal the previous day with another 5,000 having travelled from Brazil for the final.

“The reception was good in the first game,” added Klopp. “It seemed when Mo (Salah) showed up on a screen the stadium went really mad.

“I saw a lot of red shirts but I wasn't sure if it I was Egypt or Liverpool – we have to find out but I think they support both.

“In the hotel next to us there is a Flamengo party every night. They are really wild partying so I'm not sure they can make the game!

“We are used to a really good atmosphere so if fans from this part of the world can recreate something like we are used to at Anfield then give it a try.”